Upscaling and Resizing AI Art for Print in Adobe Photoshop: Step-by-Step Graphic Design tutorial

To upscale and resize AI art for print in Adobe Photoshop, follow these steps:

Step 1: Open the AI Art in Photoshop

  1. Open Adobe Photoshop.
  2. Go to “File” > “Open” and select the AI file that contains your art. Photoshop can directly import AI files.

Step 2: Check Document Settings

  1. Before resizing your art, make sure the document settings in Photoshop are appropriate for printing:
  • Go to “Image” > “Image Size.”
  • Ensure the “Resolution” is set to at least 300 pixels per inch (ppi) for high-quality print. You can input the physical dimensions (e.g., inches or centimeters) you want for the print size, and Photoshop will calculate the pixel dimensions accordingly. Make sure “Resample” is checked.

Step 3: Resample the Image

  1. To upscale or resize the AI art while maintaining the resolution, you will need to resample it:
  • In the “Image Size” dialog box, make sure “Resample” is checked.
  • Enter the desired dimensions for your print in the “Width” and “Height” fields. Make sure to uncheck “Constrain Proportions” if you need to adjust the dimensions independently.
  • Photoshop will calculate the new pixel dimensions.
  • Click “OK” to apply the changes.

Step 4: Review and Adjust

  1. After resizing, closely inspect your art for any loss of quality or artifacts. Depending on the complexity of the artwork, you may need to manually touch up or adjust specific elements to ensure they look good at the larger size.

Step 5: Save for Print

  1. When you’re satisfied with the resized art, save it for print:
  • Go to “File” > “Save A Copy.”
  • Choose a high-quality file format suitable for print, such as JPG or PSD (Photoshop).
  • Specify the file name and location, and click “Save.”
  • In the JPG options dialog box, select the appropriate settings, make sure you choose maximum quality or 12 on the sliding scale.
  • Click “OK” to save the file.

Your AI art has now been upscaled and resized for print in Adobe Photoshop. Ensure you run test prints or get proofs of your print job to ensure your image prints well on the final product. Communicate with your print provider to confirm the specific file format and settings they require for optimal results.

Watch a video about upscaling your AI art: